Definition of synchronicity in English:



  • 1The simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.

    ‘such synchronicity is quite staggering’
    • ‘‘We're not aware enough of the connectivity and synchronicity and meaningfulness of everything that happens in the universe,’ she explains.’
    • ‘Has anyone else noticed an increase in synchronicity in the last while?’
    • ‘My own speculation is that it works by creating synchronicity (meaningful coincidence).’
    • ‘Jung's three definitions of synchronicity all involve an affective and psychic component, an uncanny sense of the meaningfulness of an event.’
    • ‘By playing with time and synchronicity, repeating events, thoughts, brief moments and experiences, even to the point of monotony, Traynor questions how this would change our perceptions of them.’
    • ‘This is the sort of event which Jung meant by synchronicity, a meaningful coincidence which thumbs its nose at linear causality.’
    • ‘They're all engineered by your guides, and are often seen as coincidental events, or synchronicity.’
    • ‘Alert people scan their environment continually for patterns, opportunities, and synchronicity.’
    • ‘But in addition to these, what is more remarkable is the apparent synchronicity of policies and processes across the region, despite very differing social and political pressures.’
    • ‘He described synchronicity as an acausal principle that links events having a similar meaning by their coincidence in time.’
    • ‘Usually, the emphasis is placed on the first type of synchronicity, as it appears to be subjected to greater degree of randomness than the second one.’
    • ‘This created, as Miss Fonda puts it, ‘the most shocking synchronicity between real life catastrophe and movie fiction ever to have occurred’.’
    • ‘As you open your mind, both synchronicity and serendipity (the silly side of coincidence) occur.’
    • ‘Chance and indeterminancy as applied to storytelling, especially where synchronicity is concerned is a bit of a fascination of mine.’
    • ‘What follows shows the synchronicity of ideas and events around the year 1884, from which some conclusions are drawn.’
    • ‘It felt like an instance of synchronicity - I started noticing Sutherland's work about 18 months ago and have become increasingly intrigued by him.’
    • ‘In addition to believing in a number of occult and paranormal notions, Jung contributed two new ones: synchronicity and the collective unconscious.’
    • ‘For example, first I would talk about synchronicity and uncanny coincidence and tell her little anecdotes about that from my life.’
    • ‘Call it coincidence, synchronicity, gestalt or just Reading Too Much Into Things, but I love it when this happens.’
  • 2

    another term for synchrony
    • ‘A year on and their comic timing and physical synchronicity is actually starting to get a little creepy.’
    • ‘Occasionally, inspired moments found synchronicity between performers and video, such as the opening segment in which dancers on the floor looked like they were scaling projected words on the screen.’
    • ‘As the show progresses, one starts to get the feeling the lightning is happening in synchronicity with the music.’
    • ‘It was a turning point for cinema taste in Paraguay in synchronicity with a change in Latin American film production.’
    • ‘All I can say is, this is yet another cool synchronicity that's happened to me in the past few weeks.’
    • ‘24's gimmick, and it is a gimmick rather than a specific innovation, is the realtime/screentime synchronicity.’
    • ‘In a rare outbreak of synchronicity, what the world leaders will be discussing inside their Gleneagles fortress is exactly what people will be talking and protesting about in Edinburgh.’
    • ‘With 45 ballerinas on the stage, even the wobbles and occasional lapses in synchronicity cannot detract from the spectacle.’
    • ‘It was more about the connection, the synchronicity, the understanding of the others needs, that would enable both people to enjoy themselves equally.’
    • ‘To achieve cogency and synchronicity of the outcome of these different teams it is necessary to use two management techniques - programme management and project management.’
    • ‘At one point three of these ships moved in perfect synchronicity and converged in a triangle, incredibly at that time, there were a total of 61 starships in and over the area clearly in view.’
    • ‘If this is the case they are in luck because in a rare moment of synchronicity with their governing body the clubs also appear to think that this issue needs to be resolved one way or another.’
    • ‘Here the dream, the dreamwork and the outer events coincided in a magical synchronicity where control was shared in a dance between the players and the greater purpose of the moment.’
    • ‘Hergenrother said the breakdancers were judged on synchronicity, choreography and stage presence.’
    • ‘Having 7 or 8 different designs encouraged people to seek out the whole set, and added a level of synchronicity to the experience.’
    • ‘This is independent supporting evidence consistent with the global synchronicity of these glacial events.’
    • ‘In a stunning coincidence of historical synchronicity, today is also the anniversary of the start of World War I.’
    • ‘They controlled the race from the start and in a display of perfect synchronicity France's Sebastien Vielledent and Adrien Hardy signaled that they are back.’


1950s: coined (in sense 1) by C. G. Jung.